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Ancient Corals hold new hope for Reefs

Thursday, March 4, 2010   
Fossil corals, up to half a million years old, are providing fresh hope that coral reefs may be able to withstand the huge stresses imposed on them by today’s human activity. Reef ecosystems were able to persist through massive environmental changes imposed by sharply falling sea levels during previous ice ages, an international scientific team has found. This provides new hope for their capacity to endure the increasing human impacts forecast for the 21st century. That's the result of this world's first study at eight fossile coral reefs in the Huon-Gulf region of Papua Neuguinea. An article in Powerboat World.

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